Like General Grant, I was bound for Atlanta, but like General Stoneman I had to spend a little more time in Macon than planned. No money to leave town until week’s end. Aside from the shelters, the bleached-white, colonial-looking Washington Memorial Library is the place for transients to kill time.
After doing some research and writing there, I wandered across the street to Washington Park, where a WMAZ news van idled.
"What’s the big story?" I asked a technician who was resting in the van’s belly, with the side door open.
"Trayvon vigil in an hour," he said. "You’re right on time."
It actually turned out to be a tribute to “the Martins”—Trayvon Martin and Martin Luther King, Jr. About 20 people showed up to hear a little boy recite M.L.K.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and some adults cry for justice in the Trayvon “Stand Your Ground” killing. The event was as dreary you’d expect of a plea for basic civil rights that folks died making 50 years ago. During the closing moment of silence, I imagined spectral, mocking voices. They were saying: still dreaming?
After two more nights in Macon’s overcrowded shelters, I cashed a paycheck and headed northeast to Atlanta, out of God’s country. The sky in the Atlanta metro area is much further away than in the high-elevation “heart of Georgia,” where the clouds always seem just out of reach, and the churches are just another part of the landscape.

Full circle: ‘Lowlifes,’ drifters and resettled New Yorkers on the outskirts of God’s country | by Steven Boone | Capital New York

Like General Grant, I was bound for Atlanta, but like General Stoneman I had to spend a little more time in Macon than planned. No money to leave town until week’s end. Aside from the shelters, the bleached-white, colonial-looking Washington Memorial Library is the place for transients to kill time.

After doing some research and writing there, I wandered across the street to Washington Park, where a WMAZ news van idled.

"What’s the big story?" I asked a technician who was resting in the van’s belly, with the side door open.

"Trayvon vigil in an hour," he said. "You’re right on time."

It actually turned out to be a tribute to “the Martins”—Trayvon Martin and Martin Luther King, Jr. About 20 people showed up to hear a little boy recite M.L.K.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and some adults cry for justice in the Trayvon “Stand Your Ground” killing. The event was as dreary you’d expect of a plea for basic civil rights that folks died making 50 years ago. During the closing moment of silence, I imagined spectral, mocking voices. They were saying: still dreaming?

After two more nights in Macon’s overcrowded shelters, I cashed a paycheck and headed northeast to Atlanta, out of God’s country. The sky in the Atlanta metro area is much further away than in the high-elevation “heart of Georgia,” where the clouds always seem just out of reach, and the churches are just another part of the landscape.

Full circle: ‘Lowlifes,’ drifters and resettled New Yorkers on the outskirts of God’s country | by Steven Boone | Capital New York

Asked about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “The gun lobby is writing our nation’s gun laws.”
"It’s a disgrace," said Bloomberg, during the question-and-answer session of a press conference today about the expansion of Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. "They write ‘em in Washington. They write ‘em in the state capitals. And the result is that our children are being killed, our police officers are being killed, you and I and our families are in danger." [Read more]

Asked about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “The gun lobby is writing our nation’s gun laws.”

"It’s a disgrace," said Bloomberg, during the question-and-answer session of a press conference today about the expansion of Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. "They write ‘em in Washington. They write ‘em in the state capitals. And the result is that our children are being killed, our police officers are being killed, you and I and our families are in danger." [Read more]